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Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills soars into third anniversary

INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® experience propels visitors to explore real-life science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sum of all Thrills™, a popular experiential attraction at Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is celebrating its third anniversary.

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Housed at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Sum of all Thrills™ debuted in October 2009. It showcases math in action: Visitors design their own thrill ride using math fundamentals to calculate for variables such as acceleration and velocity. Once the design is complete, participants board a 3-D simulator to ride their creation through all the dips, dives, loops and barrel rolls.

Facts about Sum of all Thrills™:

  • First ride experience located within INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Guests are able to choose from a total of 709 seconds (almost 12 minutes) of unique ride simulation motion to create their 90-second ride 
  • Acceleration and velocity are calculated using the Finite Difference method – the application of numerical methods for approximating derivatives in mathematics

"Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills inspires students of all ages to push their creative limits to new heights as they design and experience their own thrill ride," said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice president of Community Relations. "By combining math fundamentals with an immersive, fun, hands-on experience, Raytheon hopes to pique student interest in STEM education and career pursuits."

Raytheon's online Sum of all ThrillsTM, launched in 2011, invites students to create and enjoy the excitement of the experience via their home and school computers.

About MathMovesU
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!™; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate inspiration and the innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. For more information, visit www.innoventions.disney.com

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